Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G E-mount lens review by Reinhold_1

reviewer#45694 date: Apr-28-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Zeiss 2.8/35 mm ZA
Zeiss Batis 2.0/40 mm CF
price paid:695,00 €
positive:Small and lightweight, great look and feel of the build quality, short focusing distance,
weather sealing, aperture ring, focus hold button, AF/MF switch, internal focus design
negative:No OSS, therefore only a "4" in the build rating
comment:Sharp, extremely sharp from f/4. I can't see any difference at f/5.6 compared to the 40 mm Batis. However, the 40 mm Sony is much smaller and lighter. The sharpness comparison with the 35 mm Sony-Zeiss is clearly in favour of the 40 mm Sony. Despite the small form factor, the new 40 has all the controls you could wish for.
For me, the ideal lens for inconspicuous street photography. Highly recommended!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.76 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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